Final Conference of the SIMPLE project, "Bridge the gap between academic and professional sector" organised by FTA and co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, was held on 27th August 2019 at Kasetsart University in Bangkok, Thailand.
Nearly 100 international participants got the opportunity to bridge the gap between academic and professional sector. Speakers and representatives from Embassies, Ministries, universities (staff, teachers, and students), other projects, governmental and private sector discussed their experiences from different perspectives and cross-border insight.
During the fruitful Conference, project outcomes were presented by nine project representatives from universities in EU (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic) and Asia (Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand). Project SIMPLE has a positive impact for cooperation between universities and industry. At six Asian universities (Kasetsart University, Prince of Songkla University, Tadulako University, Bogor Agricultural University, University of Battambang, Royal University of Agriculture) were established or improved Alumni and Career Centers (AC/CC). The Platform for cooperation with professional sector was created to guarantee an increase in the sustainable success of the involvement of future employers in academic activities. Project outputs in the fields of platform, events (15 Career days), internships and soft skills trainings were presented, concluding three successful years of the SIMPLE project. Lessons learnt and recommendations for cooperation between academic and professional sector were shared as an examples of best practice with innovative approach.
The outputs of the Final Conference, as well as results of the SIMPLE project, will be available soon at www.projectSIMPLE.eu in the Final Study of the SIMPLE project.